Students from San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California and Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California were unable to participate in the nationwide school walkouts to protest gun violence due to lockdowns at their respective schools.
According to a representative for the Santa Maria Joint Unified High School District Righetti High School was put on lockdown after several students reported they received an anonymous text warning that “there is a weapon on campus.”
Police investigated the threat on campus just as the planned school walkout was slated to begin.
Rumor of an active shooter on campus, been on lock down for 40 minutes. Today ain't my day 😔
— Jacob (@JazaraGG) March 14, 2018
Righetti High was in lockdown this morning until 11:25 a.m. while law enforcement investigated a threat. The resulting investigation interrupted a student walkout that was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Several other local schools, including Pioneer Valley, protested as planned. pic.twitter.com/RclAHzYTig
— Santa Maria Sun (@SantaMariaSun) March 14, 2018
At San Leandro High School, police investigating threatening graffiti put the school on lockdown, preventing any students from demonstrating.
@KTVU someone wrote this at San Leandro high school bath room in CA San Leandro now the school is in lock down please talk about this is not funny and this needs to be stopped pic.twitter.com/ranVwyk5v9
— Roger (@_StarFox) March 14, 2018
This was us only 5 minuets before the lockdown happened at San Leandro high school, we wanted our voices to be heard for the nation wide walk our walk at 10, such irony is sad pic.twitter.com/EQ6orDI5f3
— Julian (@Julian25L) March 14, 2018
Students across the nation protested gun violence on Wednesday by walking out of their schools for a 17-minute demonstration. That 17 minutes represents the 17 people who died in a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students left their schools and universities at 10 a.m. in their local time zones as part of the National School Walkout organized by the Women’s March Youth Empower group.
An estimated 2,500 schools planned walkouts for Wednesday afternoon.
A nationwide march against gun violence is planned for March 24.